The Shorkie is a crossbreed between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Shih Tzu. The Shorkie has a coat that is typically long and silky. The Shorkie’s coat may be allowed to grow all the way to ground or it may be groomed to be shorter. The Shorkie is an excellent dog for people who suffer from allergies. . If the coat is kept long then the coat will need to be brushed every couple of days at a minimum. . Many owners choose to give their Shorkie a puppy cut to reduce maintenance needs and also to make the dog more comfortable if they live in a warm climate.
The Shorkie is sweet natured and playful. Socialization is an extremely important factor in the temperament of the Shorkie. Due to the breed’s small size 6-16 pounds, it is usually a good idea to supervise play between children and a Shorkie.
The Shorkie is intelligent and typically trains very well. They may sometimes be stubborn but respond well to training if treats are provided. This is an affectionate dog that loves nothing more than spending time with its family. The Shorkie should not be left alone for long periods of time as it craves human companionship. The Shorkie is not an avid barker.